Trance Movie Reviews
User reviews on Trance
I absolutely adored Danny Boyle's last two films - "Slumdog Millionaire" and "127 Hours" - so I must confess to being kind of a fangirl. His work is just superb and compelling in ways that few other directors' films are. If you ask me, he's even better than Spielberg and Scorcese. I loved Rosario Dawson's character in this movie because she's simple and yet complex, just like the best characters in movies are. She lets on a lot less than you would think she should given that she has some kind of special telepathic powers, but she proves to the men in the story that there is a much bigger and more powerful thing in the world that just money: and it's intuition, specifically female intuition. I never saw the tv movie that this film is based on but after seeing this flick I will have to hunt it down for a comparison. McAvoy and Cassel are good, but I think Dawson steals the show.
I really thought this movie was something else - it is a really fun and fast caper done with just the right mix of smarts and action. James McAvoy plays a corrupt art auctioneer who helps an infamous art thief carry off great art heists. The art thief is played by Vincent Cassel whom you probably remember from the awesome movie that was "Black Swan". He's really great at these kinds of roles because there's something very alluring and yet sinister about him. He's a bad guy who enjoys being a bad guy - and we love him for it. When McAvoy's character can't remember where he put a priceless Goya painting that he was going to help steal, the art thief thinks that the only way to find out where it went is through unlocking the auctioneer's mind. He hires a hypnotist (Rosario Dawson) to unlock his memory. It's a twisted tale, but one that never gets boring and keeps you on the edge of your seat.
You know at some level while watching it that Danny Boyle’s Trance is nowhere near the best work in his repertoire. Personally, I thought Slumdog Millionaire was hardly the masterpiece many made it out to be, but Boyle knows how to tell a niche story in a way that appeals to a mass psyche.
That psyche in this story belongs to an suave London art auctioneer named Simon (James McAvoy) who is the “guy on the inside” for the city’s most renowned art thief, Franck (Vincent Cassel). Simon has procured and readied for transfer a rare Goya painting – and then he suddenly forgets where he put it.
Incensed, Franck brings in Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson), a hypnotherapist who might be able to unlock the barrier in Simon’s mind, though it seems throughout that she is hiding something herself.
The film isn’t nearly so inventive as it maybe thinks it is, but it is still a lot of fun. An old fashioned heist movie with a clever wrench thrown into the mix. Solid performances aside, the real star here is the sleek storytelling style that Boyle (along with cinematographer Anthny Dod Mantle) is able to employ.